Dallas teen who was mistakenly deported to Colombia returns to the US

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In a horrifying story that shows just has broken our immigration system is, a 15 year old from Dallas was discovered in Colombia this week after having been mistakenly deported in April 2011. She had been missing from her grandmother’s home since the fall of 2010.

News 8 learned that Jakadrien somehow ended up in Houston, where she was arrested by Houston police for theft. She gave Houston police a fake name. When police in Houston ran that name, it belonged to a 22-year-old illegal immigrant from Colombia, who had warrants for her arrest.

So ICE officials stepped in.

News 8 has learned ICE took the girl’s fingerprints, but somehow didn’t confirm her identity and deported her to Colombia, where the Colombian government gave her a work card and released her.

“She talked about how they had her working in this big house cleaning all day, and how tired she was,” Turner said.

Through her granddaughter’s Facebook messages, Turner says she tracked Jakadrian down.

Now CNN has reported that Jakadrien left Colombia for the United States this morning. I can only imagine how many more horrific mistakes have been made by our immigration system that will never make national news.

In related but more positive immigration news, the Obama Administration is set to announce new rules today allowing some undocumented immigrants to stay in the US while applying for a green card.

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  • zill222

    This story makes no sense to me at all. First let me say that I do think that ICE really screwed up here. However, other than the quote about Jakadrien having to work all day and being tired it doesn’t say that she tried to either convince ICE or the Colombian Government that she was not the person they thought she was or, when she was in Colombia, contact her grandmother. Does she have some connection to Colombia at all? Does this young woman want to be with her grandmother? It doesn’t say she contacted her grandmother through facebook, it just says that facebook messagers help the grandmother “track her down”. It just seems really strange. But totally, ICE does not look good in this whole thing.

  • http://feministing.com/members/dim8400/ Jenny

    What do you want ICE to do?

    1. The girl was arrested for shoplifting.
    2. She gave the police a FAKE NAME that happened to belong to a wanted Colombian national. This is a crime in itself.
    3. The police then asked her if she was a Colombian national. She LIED and said She Was.
    4. Consequentially, after stating she was someone else she was treated like the person she claimed to be and deported.

    At no time during this did the girl say, “Wait! I gave you a fake name. I am a US Citizen and this is my real name”.

    If you tell the police you are from Colombia it is not their job to prove that you are not from Colombia.

  • http://feministing.com/members/smash/ smash

    Thanks for reporting on this. I’m glad to hear that this young woman has been returned to the states.